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General Electric wants to sell "key parts of its digital unit," according to The Wall Street Journal.

Thought bubble: At this point it's a wonder that ex-GE CEO Jeff Immelt isn't blind, given all the fingers stuck in his eyes by successor John Flannery.

In just the past few months GE has agreed to sell its:

  • Railroad unit for $11 billion to Wabtech.
  • Gas engines unit for $3.25 billion to Advent International
  • Healthcare IT unit to Veritas Capital for $1.05 billion.

GE also still has its iconic light bulbs business on the block, and now comes news of the digital sale plans — although unclear what specific assets are on the block, as GE reportedly wants to keep providing software and tech services to its aerospace and power clients.

More from the WSJ:

"In the fall of 2016, GE acquired several companies to bolster its GE Digital unit. It paid $495 million for Meridium, whose software predicts when machinery might fail, and $915 million for ServiceMax, whose software helps with inventory management and workforce scheduling... But the unit, which GE poured billions into, competes in an increasingly crowded marketplace of companies offering digital tools to control major industrial operations."

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Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

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Deadly Hurricane Zeta slams U.S. Gulf Coast

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Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a 55-year-old man was "electrocuted by a downed power line" in Louisiana as the storm caused widespread power outages Wednesday night, per AP.

What's happening: Zeta made landfall south of New Orleans as a Category 2 hurricane earlier Wednesday before weakening to Category 1. But it was still "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi with life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain" late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.